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April 1, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert C. (Bob) Wian, the founder of the Bob's Big Boy restaurant chain known throughout the world for its double-decker hamburgers and chubby mascot, died Tuesday. He was 77. Wian, who opened his first restaurant in Glendale in 1936 with $350 he got for selling his car, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage, which he suffered earlier this month. "Bob was a giant in the restaurant industry," said William H.
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April 1, 1992 | MATT LAIT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert C. (Bob) Wian, the founder of the Bob's Big Boy restaurant chain known throughout the world for its double-decker hamburgers and chubby mascot, died Tuesday. He was 77. Wian, who opened his first restaurant in Glendale in 1936 with $350 he got for selling his car, died at Hoag Memorial Hospital in Newport Beach of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage, which he suffered earlier this month. "Bob was a giant in the restaurant industry," said William H.
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May 29, 1987 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
When Fred Harvey stepped off the train in Topeka, Kan., darned if he could find a nearby spot with a decent cup of coffee. He walked into one restaurant and took a gulp of some muddy coffee. And that gulp, back in 1876, eventually changed the way many American travelers dine. Harvey shortly built a coffee shop right there at the Topeka train depot--and went on to develop a chain of 44 more clean and efficient restaurants in other locations.
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